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20 Reasons Why Barcelona Is An Amazing Place To Live

20 Reasons Why Barcelona Is An Amazing Place To Live

Barcelona may be famous for its famed soccer club but soccer is just one thing on the list of so many things the city excels in and offers. The city offers excellent aesthetics and there are so many reasons to love the city from its great architecture and galleries, to awesome food and music.

With the abundance of historical and cultural artifacts, Barcelona is just about as romantic as another wonderful city of Paris. It’s certainly the city one ought to move to, if they are considering settling overseas.

Here below are the 20 reasons as to why Barcelona is an amazing place to live. After reading these reasons, you’ll have plenty of inclinations to move to this wonderful Spanish city.

1. It’s discoverable on foot

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    Barcelona may be a quite big city but the size is perfect to discover on foot. There are plenty of things to discover as well. There’s abundance of great gastronomic options and the city also houses some of the most impressive parks and buildings. If you don’t feel like walking, you can even turn to bicycles to discover the city through stunning routes.

    2. It has superb modern architecture

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      You can find great architecture almost everywhere in this city, a paradise for architects. There are awe-inspiring Gothic basilicas put side by side with magnificent modern-day buildings. Most of the city’s architectural wonders have been designed by the famous architect Antonio Gaudi. Some of the finest monuments of the city are Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, La Pedrera and Casa Batllo.

      3. It’s a paradise for gastronomes

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        You’ll fall in love with this city very soon especially if you’re a connoisseur of great food. There are excellent restaurants all over the city. The city loves to dine so much that most businesses and offices close two hours a day just to take lunch. The city boasts the freshest of seafood in the world and pastry shops are plentiful. You should be a happy person even if you do nothing but eat in this city.

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        4. It has musical prospects in abundance

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          Barcelona has a fair share of live music venues like Apolo and Razzmatazz and magnificent concert halls like Gran Teatre del Liceu and L’Auditori. The music scene of the city is diverse, encompassing musical genres from classical to jazz to world music. The city also hosts some of the biggest annual musical festivals of the world such as Primavera Sound, Festival Internacional de Jazz de Barcelona, Sonar and Cruilla.

          5. It’s a delight for chocolate lovers

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            This beautiful city also offers plenty of delight for lovers of chocolate. Some of the best chocolates in Barcelona are chocolate bon-bons and xurros con chocolat (a kind of hot chocolate). The city gave birth to Antoni Escriba, who is famous for being the “Mozart of Chocolate”, and if you ever stop by this city, you ought not to miss his pastry shop.

            6. It has excellent beaches

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              Another reason to love Barcelona is the presence of outstanding beaches. Sightseeing is great along these beaches. The climate of the city is generally warm and the beaches are nice and clean. The beaches are swiftly reachable and one can always turn to the beaches to relax after a hard day’s work in the city.

              7. It has the Magical Montjuïc Mountain

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                Although you need to do a bit of legwork to reach the top, the magical Montjuïc is a perfect place to wander to. It’s a bit less populated by tourists but that’s not because it’s not worth seeing but because not every tourist wants to embark on an adventure. In fact, the mountain offers excellent views, with natural backdrops and excellent vistas all around.

                8. It’s the perfect place for coffee aficionados

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                  Coffee aficionados are just another kind of people, on the long list of the types of people the city of Barcelona can appeal to. You’ll get to drink something as perfect as café con leche, which is the coffee halved with steam milk. The beverage is always smooth but never harsh nor bitter.

                  9. It has a very rich history

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                    An international city in every way, at Barcelona, with every step you take through the streets, you’ll always stumble upon something historically significant. To get a quick glimpse of the city’s history, you should visit Museu d’Historia de Barcelona, where the historical city heritages have been preserved and put on display. There are so many historic artifacts inside this museum, with Placa del Rei, Temple d’August, Born Centre Cultural and Museum Maritim to name a few.

                    10. It has lots of Spanish wine and cavas

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                      Spanish Wine and Cavas rival French Wine and Champagne. In fact, Cavas, or sparkling wine, is Spain’s answer to France’s champagne. The wine isn’t very expensive as well although the quality is exceptional. You can buy a bottle between five to ten dollars. Barcelona is surely the place to be at for lovers of wine and beer as it’s cheaper to buy these liquors than to buy a can of coke or a bottle of water.

                      11. It has local threads

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                        Style can be bought in this city at all kinds of prices. You can go for the rather expensive Spanish brands recognizable at the international level or for confined Barcelona brands. But if you go with the cheaper ones, it doesn’t mean that you are compromising much on quality at all. Some of the local and affordable brands in Barcelona are Zazo&Brull, Cuervo Cobberblack Bird (where you can buy handcrafted shies), RooM and Syngman Cucala.

                        12. It hosts amazing carnivals

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                          There are plenty of carnivals hosted by the city every year. These carnivals showcase rich Catalan culture, dazzling displays of fireworks, air shows, concerts and children acts. Festes de la Merce, which is celebrated in the month of September is the largest carnival in the city. It originally started as a religious parade but now, it’s one of the major reasons to visit the city. Every neighborhood in the city has its own chief celebration. Among them, the celebrations of the neighborhoods of Gracia and Sants are the biggest ones.

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                          13. It is a delight for dancing

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                            The city is home to plenty of nightclubs. We often think of Flamenco dancing whenever we think of Spanish dancing. However, Flamenco dancing is native to the Andalusia region of Spain and Barcelona has its own historic dance form in Sardana, performed at tablaos, which have come to prominence since 1960s. Sardana is performed on weekends in front of the Cathedral and City Hall.

                            14. It offers the sweetest alternate to Valentine’s Day

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                              If you don’t like to flow in the tide of Valentine’s Day, coming every year with so much noise and almost always leaving you barren, the city offers you with an excellent alternative. Diada de Sant Jordi, or Saint George’s Day is celebrated on April 23, the day on which men give a rose to their darlings and ladies give them a book. This sweet occasion has kept Valentine’s Day pretty much at bay.

                              15. It has breath taking street art

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                                Art is everywhere on the streets of Barcelona and it is beyond graffiti. Even the store shutters on the streets are gaudily painted. As mentioned earlier, the shops, as do other businesses, close mid-day. Reopening times of those shops vary. If you are able to take a few strolls about the city during the time the shops are closed, you’ll have the best view of street art.

                                16. It has Bucolic locations

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                                  In spite of being a very big city and a major financial center of Europe, there are plenty of opportunities to revel in pastoral surroundings in the city. Some of the neighborhoods like Gracia, Les Corts and La Barceloneta in particular exhibit that candid and pristine rural aura with amply of native customs and festivities.

                                  17. It offers many Ping-Pong tables

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                                    You thought Chinese were the only folks who love Ping-Pong so much. How wrong you were! You don’t have to move a distance to find the next free Ping-Pong table in Barcelona. Scattered around the public places of the city, Ping-Pong tables provide you with ample opportunities to swing your paddle with opponents, provided you have one.

                                    18. It’s a bicycle heaven

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                                      It was mentioned earlier that this city offers excellent routes to discover the city through bicycling if you don’t feel like walking. But this deserves a point of its own as another great prospect the city can offer. Barcelona is as perfect as it can get for bicycling. The scenery is great, which adds to the fact that the city has heavily expanded network of bike lanes and fleets. The only problem is that the city is a heaven for bicycle thieves as well.

                                      19. It has an excellent public transportation system

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                                        With myriad of equally rewarding options, Barcelona should be one of the easiest cities to discover. It was already discoverable on foot and bicycling possibilities were excellent. A very good public transport system takes discoverability of this city to further heights. There are so many options to get around the city with efficient buses, subways, trains, cable cars and funiculars.

                                        20. It has perfect weather all year round

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                                          Lying in the Mediterranean region, the temperature of Barcelona is fairly moderate. With its poised climate, the city offers excellent living conditions throughout the year. The weather is predictable and rainfall is also quite balanced. You can enjoy months of unbroken sunshine without ever having to feel the agony of a scorching heat of the Sun.

                                          Featured photo credit: Aerial view of Barcelona city with Port Vell in cloudy day.Spain via shutterstock.com

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                                          Last Updated on September 18, 2020

                                          7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                                          7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                                          Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                                          Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                                          1. Exercise Daily

                                          It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                                          If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                                          Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                                          2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                                          Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                                          One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                                          This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                                          3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                                          Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                                          Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                                          Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                                          4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                                          Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                                          The basic nutritional advice includes:

                                          • Eat unprocessed foods
                                          • Eat more veggies
                                          • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                                          • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                                          Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                                            5. Watch Out for Travel

                                            Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                                            This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                                            If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                                            6. Start Slow

                                            Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                                            If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                                            7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                                            Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                                            My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                                            If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                                            I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                                            Final Thoughts

                                            Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                                            Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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